Simtex doesn't exist anymore either. Neither does Microprose.
I don't like being lied to, and the general unfinished state of releases these days amounts to just that. When I buy something at the store, I can expect it to work out of the box. When I buy a newly released game, I can't.
Games that get shipped broken, whether intentionally or not, are cause for a lot of grief. The only difference I see is that twits in companies are being as silly as the twits buying the games. If you're hanging around on twitter, facebook, any of this social media nonsense where any ol' idiot with a stick up his ass can send you a nasty message, you're going to get one.
I can't see Steve Barcia surviving that release with his skin still intact if he'd gone out into the masses of pissed of buyers talking about how innovative his new game was. His actually was innovative, bugged to hell and back was it's only problem. That people are getting flack over the latest generic addition to an increasingly overhyped and underdone genre is a matter of course. Especially when they pull asshole stunts with crippling DRM that keeps people from using their shiny new coaster at all.
It would be nice if the population were a little less completely fucking retarded of course, but expecting a crowd heavy with prepubescent little shits from junior high to keep a mature and well reasoned outlook on things is even more optimistic than expecting every pc game to work when you buy it.
No offense to all the kiddies with brain to mouth filters, I still don't have one in my thirties.